Master Bedroom Part 1 – DIY Tufted Headboard


Ok, so I’ve made a goal this year to blog a few more personal posts and this is my first for 2012! I tackled this DIY Tufted Headboard project just after we moved and started setting up our new master bedroom. I am a huge fan of Pinterest and that’s where I got the idea. If you don’t know what Pinterest is than you haven’t lived. 🙂 I love to make things and I had fun with this project even though I probably did make a few too many trips to Home Depot and JoAnn’s from not being prepared.

This project was a little bit more difficult than I though it would be but still was a fun project I love how it turned out. I read many blog posts before, during and even after my project. Below is a list of the most helpful ones.

Here’s a great video from Design Sponge:

And another with more details from The Upholstery Studio. They have several on YouTube.

I’ll give you some of the details I remember but the other blogs will help a lot too. If you are planning to give this project a go for yourself than read a few postes in their entirety. I wish I had done this as each of them have a little different way of doing it and each have their own super helpful tips.

I purchased most of my supplies on sale and with coupons at JoAnn’s. I purchased the wood, screws and bolts from Home Depot. They also cut my wood for free to the size I needed. I spent approximately $100 in total on this project.


  • Staple Gun
  • Batting
  • Regular Density Foam
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Tape Measure
  • Button Kit & Buttons (You may want to have a few extra buttons on hand. You may get a few duds.)
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery Needle
  • Upholstery Thread (tough kind)
  • Fabric
  • Medium Density Fiber Board
  • Drill
  • 2×4’s (This is what I used for my king size headboard. You could probably get something smaller for a smaller headboard.)
  • Screws
  • Nuts and Bolts
I started with making my buttons.

Then took on painting the accent wall for our room.

So I forgot to take photos during the upholstery part. The blogs above will give you lots of good info on that though. I put the headboard up off the ground using boxes since I didn’t have 2 sawhorses. I first measured and marked where the holes needed to be drilled for threading the buttons and then drilled the holes using a drill bit not to much bigger than my upholstery needle. Remember to have lots of extra fabric to account for the tufting. I made te mistake of not getting enough fabric and ended up using a white table cloth I had but rarely used. I plan to use the fabic I got from JoAnn’a for pillows instead. For the foam you’ll have to get several squares if you are using the 22×22 from JoAnn’s but they also sell it in rolls which is a little easier but sometimes more expensive.

I pre-drilled 7 holes in the 2×4’s and then put the screws in to attach the legs to the headboard.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with pillows, nightstands and wall decor. Will post just as soon as I can make up my mind. 🙂


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